Congress is returning to Washington after Labor Day recess to take up where they left off. The session this year has been cantankerous and a battle between the Democrat-controlled Senate and Republican House with the Administration unable to push any consistent legislative agenda.
The bulk of political energy has been spent on fiscal issues. The House passed a budget, the Senate did not. There was a final resolution of the 2011 Fiscal Year spending bills but to date none of the FY 2012 appropriations bills have passed. The Federal Debt Limit increase that passed right before the August recess provided the drama, the entertainment and the example of a broken political dialogue and leadership.